Made me think of this poem:
Up in the air so blue?
Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing
Ever a child can do!
Up in the air and over the wall,
Till I can see so wide,
River and trees and cattle and all
Over the countryside--
Till I look down on the garden green,
Down on the roof so brown--
Up in the air I go flying again,
Up in the air and down!
--Robert Louis Stevenson
It was a favorite poem of mine as a child. The illustration is one by my favorite childhood illustrator, too. This particular illustrator brought multicultural illustrations into her books before it was "the thing" to do.
Back to *my* swing. I got it almost two years ago. I bought the stand first, as there was no place to hang a swing inside my house. I bought an inexpensive rope swing for it, too, with the intention of putting it outside in the spring. That never happened.
Instead, I ended up getting a beautiful wicker cocoon like swing and keeping it in my living room. And I love it. I don't use it enough, though. Or at least I didn't.
As of late, with my anxiety at an all time high, I've been working to find ways to self-soothe that don't involve the presence of my uber-calming team. It hasn't been easy. So far, Xanax is a guarantee (but I've been out of it for weeks,) as is sleep (which isn't always feasible.) I know there are other things I can do, my dietitian has been encouraging me to take walks, which I have been. But sometimes dragging myself out the door even for a short dog walk is rough. Crawling over to my swing is doable. There's something about the gentle sway, the cocoon-like shape of the swing, and the way I can curl up in it that provides a sort of calm that my nervous system really needs.
How do you self-soothe? I'm open to new ideas and I'd love to know what works for others!